SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- After a rough start to the 27th PGA Cup at CordeValle that saw the U.S. Team trailing 3-1 to Great Britain & Ireland after Friday morning's Fourballs session, the team needed a boost.
With that, U.S. Captain Allen Wronowski made the decision to send out 2014 PGA Professional Champion Michael Block and Stuart Deane in the first pairing for the afternoon Foursomes session.
Block and Deane were both late arrivals this week, having played in their respective Section Championships. As a result, Wronowski gave the duo the morning off and -- frankly -- neither could sit still.
"I'll tell you what -- sitting around this morning, watching the boys go out there and getting all pumped up -- I was more nervous than anything," Block said. "I told my wife when I watched them tee off this morning, 'I'm way more nervous watching the guys than I am when I'm inside the ropes playing myself. Stu and I were just champing at the bit to get out there and get the ball rolling."
And they got it rolling quickly. When Block holed a 15-foot birdie putt at the 15th hole, the GB&I tandem of Graham Fox and David Dixon faced a must-make eagle putt from about the same length to extend the match.
The putt missed and Block and Deane notched a 4&3 victory for the first U.S. point of the afternoon -- a real tone-setter. At the conclusion of the Block/Deane match, the U.S. was leading the three other matches as well.
"I liked seeing that birdie putt go in," Block said. "It put a lot more pressure on that eagle putt they had."
"We were just ready to go," Deane added. "We couldn't wait."
Block said the duo had a goal for the afternoon.
"Our goal was to not just get by, we wanted to dominate a match to get some red on the scoreboard," Block said. "Obviously, I think it worked."
"We were thinking if we could get to 5 or 6 up and the boys could see that, maybe everybody would put the pedal down," Deane said.
About 20 minutes after the match, Bob Sowards and Jamie Broce snagged the second point of the afternoon session with a remarkable 8&7 win over GB&I's Cameron Clark and Lee Clarke.
At the time of this post, the U.S. had knotted the matches at 3-3 and were up in the other two matches left on the course.